Alumni Council

Made up of 25 alumni appointed to three-year terms and the president of the Student Alumni Association, this board meets on a quarterly basis at WIU. Members represent the interests of alumni and serve as liaisons to 25 University areas. The council assists in the recruitment of students, selects Alumni Award recipients, and was instrumental in establishing the Student Alumni Association.

NEXT MEETING: Friday, October 2, 2015
Western Illinois University
Macomb, Illinois

2016 Alumni Council Meetings

  • Saturday, January 23
  • Saturday, April 30

A letter from the Alumni Council President

Jeff McElroyDear Alumni and Friends:

When I became president of the Alumni Council two years ago, I challenged our Alumni base to explore their Western connections that they encounter in their daily lives. I hope that you did that on at least one occasion. Although each of our experiences was different, we all have the common thread of earning a degree from Western Illinois University, and that is a distinction that I hope you are proud to share with others. I certainly am.

It is been an honor and a privilege during the course of the last two years to serve as president of this alumni council. It has been particularly rewarding for me to meet and present our distinguished alumni and alumni achievement awards during graduation ceremonies. The potential of a WIU degree is endless and it is truly remarkable to hear about the many accomplishments and contributions these individuals have made to our society. Our alumni base, now 130,000 strong, and is making a difference in our society every day. It's a proud time to be WIU Leatherneck.

As I pass the presidential gavel on, I leave you with one last challenge. Come back to Western for Homecoming, attend a local alumni association event and continue to explore your Western connections. And remember, once a Leatherneck, always a Leatherneck!


Jeffery L. McElroy
President, WIU Alumni Council

Alumni Council Members Sought

The WIU Alumni Association is looking for dedicated leaders of all ages, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, career fields, etc. to serve on the WIU Alumni Council. If you or someone you know is an active alumnus that would be a good candidate, please send the nomination form and resume to the Alumni Association at 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455 or fax (309)298-2914. The deadline is March 1. (You may save and email your form to only if your computer has Adobe Acrobat Professional, not Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Or, click here to print off and then fill out the nomination form.

2015 - 2016 Council Members

Alumni Council Featured Member

Fred Longacre 1964

Degree: Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from WIU

Business Information: Farmer and Realtor at United Country Ravenscraft & Associates in Palmyra, Missouri

Advice for Freshmen:  Go to class every day, get some sleep and do your very best in classes and attend a variety of extra-curricular events.

Favorite WIU Memory:  Meeting my wife Elaine, being in a fraternity, watching Stix Morely's basketball teams and I had many good professors especially Drs. McVicker and Robinson.

Family/Hobbies:  I have been married to my wife Elaine for more than 44 years; we have two children, Sally Hills and Steven Longacre, both WIU grads. We have five grandchildren. I like to watch Nascar and football and I like to hunt and fish.